INTO: University of Exeter Foundation

UCAS code Not applicable
Duration 1 Year
Typical offer Offers are made on an individual basis
Discipline INTO University of Exeter
Location Streatham (Exeter)


Accounting and Finance, and Management

Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences

Economics, Finance and Management

Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and Physical Sciences

Humanities, Law and Social Science

Mathematics with Finance, Economics and Management

The Foundation programme is a pre-university course designed to bridge the gap for international students between high school and undergraduate studies in the UK. The programme is specifically designed for international students who do not meet the University’s academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree. There are seven subject-specific pathways available. Successful completion (subject to achieving the specified grades for progression) guarantees direct entry to a wide range of degree programmes at the University of Exeter.

The Foundation programme lasts for three terms or approximately nine months and has intakes in both September and January. Students, who do not meet the minimum English language requirements for direct entry to the three-term Foundation programme may be eligible to apply for the new Extended Foundation programme. Lasting four terms, the Extended Foundation programme incorporates a term of intensive English language tuition at the beginning of the course, allowing you to begin your course and improve your English to a level appropriate for academic study.

Further information

Further details about our programmes can be found in our brochure and on the INTO website:

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Around 60 per cent of the course is devoted to the academic modules for students’ own subject areas. Depending on the chosen pathway, academic modules in Accounting and Finance, Biology, British History and Institutions, Chemistry, Economics, Law, Management, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology will be chosen. Academic English Language and Study Skills is a core subject, accounting for approximately 40 per cent of classes, covering reading and study skills, writing, listening and speaking within the context of academic study.

Entry requirements 2018

Typical offer

Offers are made on an individual basis, but will require evidence of academic success and competence in English

Required subjects

Satisfactory completion of high school qualifications and minimum English language score

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

International students

A fuller list of recognised qualifications can be found by via the ‘In your country’ pages on the International Office website.

Students with less than IELTS 5.0 can enrol on an INTO Academic English course for an appropriate period – see the INTO website for further details.

Learning and teaching

Teaching is delivered through a range of methods including lectures, seminars, academic tutorials and, where appropriate, laboratory classes. The programmes have also been designed to develop the key transferable skills needed for successful undergraduate study.


Students are assessed by a combination of exams, tests and coursework assignments, which might include essays, presentations, problem solving exercises, reports and research projects. Modules in academic subjects are assessed at the end of each semester but English language assessment takes place predominantly at the end of the programme.

Grades from the programme do not count towards a final degree but help the University assess students’ abilities in their chosen field of study.

Contact us


Phone: +44 (0) 1392 724282


Successful completion of the Foundation programme (subject to achieving specified grades for entry) leads to direct entry to Year 1 of a number of degree subjects including: Accounting and FinanceArchaeology, Biosciences, ClassicsComputer Science and ITDramaEconomics, Engineering, EnglishEnvironmental ScienceGeology, History, International Relations, Law, Management, Mathematics, Medical SciencesPhysicsPolitics, Psychology and Renewable Energy Engineering.

For full details of the specified progression grades for entry please visit the INTO website.